While watching the Muppets A Christmas Carol, Ebenezer Scrooge is described as “unwanted.” His facial expression went from hopeful to crushed in a moment. It is the first time we see his character has feelings. Yet, we don’t fully embrace him as a person who matters. It isn’t until the end of the story, when he kneels in front of his grave stone and realizes his lonely, empty life and wants a different ending that we find ourselves caring about him.

What is it about us as human beings, that keeps us from finding value for the sake of value in another person? We are not the scale against which all things and all people should be measured.

Mary and Joseph experienced this lack of value when they were in search of a place to stay in Bethlehem. The innkeeper didn’t see value in this young couple and the impending birth of their child. Would he have changed his mind if he knew that God Incarnate was about to be born in his dirty, stinky barn? Would he have given them the best room in the inn– if he had known??

There is a place in our hearts set aside for the same God Incarnate born in that stable. Our hearts and dirty and stinky and full of sin (Jeremiah 17:9). All we have to do is make room for the Son of God in our hearts and He will shine His “everlasting light” in our lives.

It’s our choice. Will Jesus remain unwanted in our lives or will we embrace Him in our hearts?

O little town of Bethlehem
How still we see thee lie
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting Light
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight

For Christ is born of Mary
And gathered all above
While mortals sleep, the angels keep
Their watch of wondering love
O morning stars together
Proclaim the holy birth
And praises sing to God the King
And Peace to men on earth

How silently, how silently
The wondrous gift is given!
So God imparts to human hearts
The blessings of His heaven.
No ear may hear His coming,
But in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive him still,
The dear Christ enters in.

O holy Child of Bethlehem
Descend to us, we pray
Cast out our sin and enter in
Be born to us today
We hear the Christmas angels
The great glad tidings tell
O come to us, abide with us
Our Lord Emmanuel

Lyrics by Rector Phillips Brooks

About gretchenr17

Wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. Writer, farmer, fellow sojourner... at every turn I learn a bit more about God's wild mercies.
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